February Bad Yogi Spotlight: Meagan Niiranen
Happy February Bad Yogis! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, whether it was spent by yourself (treat yo’ self) or with someone special (also… treat yo’ self).
It’s that time again for our Bad Yogi Spotlight! This month, we’ve got Meagan Niiranen here with us. One of the things that we LOVE about Meagan is how she’s immediately become such an important, active part of the Bad Yogi Community. She’s just about to finish PB Resolution and has been crushing it the whole time. We just can’t get enough of her energy and constant support for others in the group.
She is a sweet, sweet soul and we are so excited to introduce: Meagan Niiranen
Q. How would your partner/closest friend describe you?
My husband was asleep by the time I got home from work, so I asked my sister, Alix, and my friend, Tyha, what they would say. I changed nothing in their responses.
Alix: “I’d say you are a goal-oriented woman, which is how you managed to get a college degree while also single-momming and whatnot. That’s also how you are doing all this weight-losing and yoga strength building shiz. I’d also say you are a language nerd, an introvert, and someone who tries to balance being a crunchy granola person with enjoying life and foods, but sometimes goes a little too far
one way or the other. Also you’re a pharmacy tech, and a wife. And an aspiring motorcycle person. Also someone who appreciates nature, particularly the pointy desert kind.”
Tyha: “You are encouraging, funny, loving, outspoken, incredibly supportive, and uplifting. You are also an amazing listener and help people feel calm and accepted.”
Q. How do you find motivation when it feels like you have NONE:
Really, I don’t. I think motivation is overrated. Either you make up your mind that you’re going to do a thing or you don’t do the thing. Do I ever feel *motivated* to get up at 5:45 in the morning to work out? Heck no! I hate mornings and getting up early! Do I do it anyway because it’s a thing I’ve decided I’m going to do? Yes. And sometimes I try to talk myself out of it, but I’ve learned not to let me use that “I’ll do it after work instead” argument because realistically I won’t do it after work.
Q. What do you think your purpose is?
I have literally no freaking idea, and frankly I’m very jealous of people who think they know. Must be cool to have a sense of direction. I just sort of wander along through life looking for good/fun things to do along the way. I joke that perhaps my purpose in life is to serve as a cautionary tale of some kind to others, but really I have no idea what it is. I’m 36 and still don’t know what I want to be when (if) I grow up.
Q. Do you feel like you’re living it?
If my purpose is not knowing what my purpose is, then I’m doing an excellent job.
Q. If all food was “health food” & there were no negative health impacts, what would you eat every day of your life?
All of your pasta are belong to me (Obscure video game reference, sorry.) I will also take your popcorn as long as it’s not the microwave kind. That stuff is nasty.
Q. Chair pose for one minute or plank for one minute?
Plank, any day of the week. I have bad knees and getting berated by a yoga teacher for not being able to hold chair pose for one minute was actually what made me stop going to an actual yoga studio. I can hold plank for a minute (thanks to Erin and PBR), but I won’t be happy about it.
Q. What’s one fact that may surprise people, or that not many people know about you?
Nobody looks at me (or my very Finnish surname) and assumes I speak fluent Spanish, so sometimes interesting things get said in front of me…
I may also understand your Italian, Portuguese, or even bits of your German. So look out.
Q. What do you wish you would see more of in the world?
I think it would be awesome if the basic rule was, “As long as you’re not hurting anyone else in any way, do your thing.” People just need to mind their own business and stop trying to legislate other people’s lives and find things to be offended by. Don’t like what you see? Stop looking. Don’t expend so much energy to tear down what you hate. Instead, build up what you love.
Q. What do you love/appreciate most about the Bad Yogi community?
The support and encouragement in the Facebook group is amazing! I am absolutely serious when I say that getting into the “PB Members Only” group is worth the price of admission. I’ve only been part of the group since late November, but I’m hooked. I love all the Peanuts!
Q. How did you discover Erin/Bad Yogi?
I started doing yoga at home in October of 2016 because I stumbled across some interesting looking pins on Pinterest. I literally started my entire yoga practice from a Pinterest pin with cartoon pictures of 10 basic yoga poses. Internet research after I got hooked led me first to DoYouYoga.com, then to Erin’s original 30-Day Challenge, which was on that site at the time, I think. I didn’t actually do the challenge at the time because I was mostly clicking through and looking at things, but I remember watching one or two of the videos and thinking Erin seemed much more “approachable” than many of the other instructors. I then started going to that actual studio that I mentioned earlier and didn’t do internet yoga for a while. I’ve been peripherally aware of Bad Yogi ever since, I guess you’d say, but I didn’t really jump in all the way until PB Resolution was announced and I signed up the same day I heard about it.